Man taken to hospital for commitment

2014-02-19T14:21:00Z 2014-02-19T19:02:37Z Man taken to hospital for commitmentTimes Staff nwitimes.com
February 19, 2014 2:21 pm  • 

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | A 22-year-old Valparaiso man was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after acting erratically and fighting with police officers.

Authorities were called to the Courts of Northwest Indiana where the man was running in one of gyms, but had not paid.

Workers told investigators the man refused to pay, and would not leave when asked. He also was disturbing members of a softball team that were practicing there.

Authorities said the man initially ignored officers, but eventually went outside to talk with them. He provided officers his identification, then tried to get away from officers.

Police tried to detain him while they checked his ID, but he ran off.

When he wouldn't respond to officers' commands to stop, an officer used his Taser, but it had no effect on him. Officers tried a Taser a second time again with no effect.

Police caught him and took him to the ground where he continued to struggle with four officers.

Police said he continued to act erratically, so he was taken to Porter Regional Hospital for a 24-hour commitment.

He faces potential charges of resisting law enforcement, battery, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

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